2016 Talent Development Blog

December 29, 2016

Out of Sight, But Not Out of Mind

Like an R&B song on repeat, organizations are not forgetting about their exes that easily. Many corporations are finding themselves looking into their little black books at what could have been, wondering what will be. The rise of Corporate Alumni Networks is providing a new use for those old co... More

December 28, 2016

Corporate Alumni and the Boomerang Effect

If you love something, let it go. And if it comes back to you, then it was meant to be … a part of your corporate alumni network. The idea behind an Alumni Network is simple enough. Employees leave and employers woo them back, or at least keep up with them. But have you ever examined the phenom... More

December 22, 2016

The Pros and Cons of Virtual Mentoring

Knowledge transfer is a major way that organizations pass on proficiencies and skills from one individual to another. This prevents knowledge loss when an employee leaves, and it provides an excellent source of employee development through peers. Using mentoring in the workplace is a great way to e... More

December 21, 2016

Alumni as Brand Ambassadors

Corporations are the new alma maters: companies are retaining and managing their connections with ex-employees (corporate alumni) in a trend dubbed “corporate social networking” (CSN). Corporate branding has become more indicative of competitive market advantage than product branding. Alumni admira... More

December 14, 2016

Is Virtual Mentoring Right For Your Organization?

Consider Virtual Mentoring Earlier Rather Than Later One of the biggest things our clients ask about when putting together their mentoring program is mentor matching criteria. We’ve written previously on the 5 mentor matching criteria you should consider , but today I want to focus on location-ba... More

December 06, 2016

Mentoring Training Courses Are For Managers Too

We have discussed mentoring training courses previously, but only in terms of mentors and mentees. Wait, you’re saying there’s another group I need to train for my mentoring program? Absolutely. You'll definitely need to train your mentors’ and mentees’ managers – and here’s why. Mentori... More

December 05, 2016

Company Benefits of Using Mentoring for Onboarding

Mentoring for Onboarding: Company Benefits I wrote in my last post about how mentoring for onboarding supports new hires. On the flip side, the biggest benefit for the organization is that new hires will more naturally engage with their new culture, coworkers, and work when given the right sup... More

December 02, 2016

How to Build Your Corporate Alumni Network

Building an alumni network from the ground up can be difficult. Luckily, we have plenty of experience helping a diverse range of organizations do this. Here are a few items you should consider when building acorporate alumni network. Decide on the population pool early: What kind of cri... More

November 29, 2016

Why Are My Employees Leaving Me?

Organizational Heartbreak When experiencing a breakup, one party is often left full of self-doubt and unanswered questions. Organizations ruminate on these same questions when employees decide to breakup with them too. Why did the employee leave? Was it something we did wrong? Could i... More

November 23, 2016

Social Selling and Brand Ambassadors

Social selling is a new term for me; in fact, I just downloaded my first song last week! I am a millennial that feels behind the technological times at least twice a week, but if I can understand the importance of social selling, so can you! For a great source on how this has changed in the last dec... More

November 17, 2016

Mentoring vs. Training

Over on one of our LinkedIn groups (the Mentoring Thought Leaders' Club ) there’s been some interesting discussion about the merits of mentoring versus training . The poll that sparked the discussion asked participants to vote whether they felt employees learned more from training or mentoring. ... More

November 15, 2016

Power of Alumni Networks

It’s unfair to believe that your employees will want to stay with you forever. Nobody plans to work in the same office for 30 years. It just sort of happens. Or it used to. [ Click to Tweet] It is currently estimated that Millennials will hold 12-15 jobs in their lifetim... More

November 11, 2016

Tips to Engage Your Alumni with Technology

Organizations who realize the benefits to retaining connections with their corporate alumni talent face a major roadblock to engagement: Finding an efficient and sustainable process. Technology, when implemented properly, can alleviate this formidable administrative strain of engaging your alumni.... More

November 07, 2016

Why is Diversity Important for the Workplace

We live in a world that is constantly changing - where minorities are becoming majorities - and from 1998 to 2008 a growth of 41 percent of employees were non-white . Aside from laws encouraging diversity in the workforce, the benefits of diversity alone would interest any organization seeking ... More

October 21, 2016

Promote Your Brand Through Your Alumni

When you think of Billy Mays, you immediately picture him in his crisp blue polo shouting to promote OxyClean™ to get any stain out no matter what! He is a great example of an organization promoting their brand. Unfortunately, he isn't taking anymore promotional gigs. But fear not, there is a ... More

October 19, 2016

Mentoring Program Planning

Failing to plan your mentoring program is planning for it to fail. In my experience, I’ve found that organizations that don't have a good, solid, strategic plan before they begin implementation simply aren't able to measure mentoring program effectiveness from an ROI-based standpoint. ... More

October 04, 2016

How To Create a Successful Women's Leadership Program

When it comes to leadership development, a focus on women is heavily trending. Women are quickly escalating into the leadership field as the times change; but how can organizations ensure that they will properly cultivated? From glass ceilings to work-life balance and office politics, female execu... More

September 29, 2016

Employees Moving Up the Career Ladder Through Mentoring

From the time an employee is onboarded, they are constantly absorbing information and skills needed to progress their way through the ranks of the corporation. Most people are not inherently gifted with all the proficiency needed to fulfill every job responsibility expected of them. This truth... More

September 28, 2016

Criteria for Matching a Mentor and Mentee for Career Development

Career development is no longer an optional benefit for you to offer. Your employees are demanding it, especially your millennials. In fact, 87% of millennials say career development opportunities are an important factor when choosing an organization. A great way to satisfy this need for career ... More

September 23, 2016

Building an Employee Career Path Through a Mentor

Employees usually feel more engaged when they believe that their employer is concerned about their growth and provide avenues to reach individual career goals while fulfilling the company’s mission. Building an employee's career path through mentoring provides employees with an ongoing mechanism ... More

September 21, 2016

Can Mentoring Enable Career Development for Employees?

The relationship between a mentor and mentee is one that spans throughout antiquity and recent history. Zeus was a mentor to Hercules, Athena was the mentor to Telemachus, and even the late Steve Jobs served as a mentor to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. These relationships served as key advancement ... More

August 17, 2016

Seven reasons software will improve your corporate mentoring program

Starting a corporate mentoring program is a big step for any organization. It is often the first of many in strides to increase retention, flourish and develop the leaders in your talent pool, and secure your succession pipeline. A personalized mentoring program makes all of this possible. Mento... More

August 12, 2016

How Technology is Changing Mentoring in the Workplace

Advances in technology now allow mentoring programs to flourish more than ever before. With technology we have broken down the barriers of communication, reduced the workload, and even allowed a mentors to connect with a mentees from across the world. What key technological advantages does mentorin... More

August 10, 2016

Mentoring Skills

There are a set of skills possessed by good mentors that make them sought out for their knowledge and ability to guide mentees. If you’re going to properly set up a mentoring program, your mentors will need to be prepared for the job. After all, they are equipping your organization’s next generat... More

August 03, 2016

How does mentoring fit into your succession planning strategy?

We all know mentoring helps with developing career paths and transferring knowledge from one employee to another, but how can it affect your succession pipeline? There is a process to evaluating the talent queued in your succession pipeline planning. Mentoring aids that process by selecting an indi... More

July 29, 2016

Tips for Measuring the Success of a Mentorship

The basic goal for any talent development program, including mentoring, is success. You invest your time, effort, and money into your programs, and you expect to see some sort of result. But how do you know when a mentorship is successful? You’ll have to measure. For a lot of things, measuring su... More

July 27, 2016

Engaging Your Mentors and Mentees

You've led the horses to water, how can you get them to drink? This age old question points to engagement. How can you engage your mentors and mentees? And how you ensure the mentor and mentee relationship will be a success? Start with the basics The formal mentoring program is up and running. T... More

July 20, 2016

When to use mentoring software?

Every organization has to leave the startup garage and blossom into something more lucrative at some point, success willing[Tweet This]. There comes a point where you need to have everyone in your organization ready for growth and the leadership roles that naturally follow. How will you ensure a s... More

July 18, 2016

Successful Mentoring Programs in Corporations

How can an organization facilitate knowledge transfer, develop leaders, and bring those who have been onboarded up to speed in a flash? Organizations large and small alike can benefit from launching a successful mentoring program. Who would most benefit from a formal mentoring program? In truth, ... More

July 15, 2016

How Mentoring Can Help Increase Retention with Millennials

The time is coming. There is a major shift happening in the workplace with the pending exit of the retiring baby boomer generation. Who will be there to grab the baton? A study published by Dupress shows millennials have recently become the largest force in labor. Millennials are not ... More

July 14, 2016

19 Mentoring Advantages

Mentoring has shown to be one of the most valuable and effective development opportunities an organization can offer employees, per the numbers. (Download our recent mentoring survey report.) Having the guidance, encouragement, and support of a trusted and experienced mentor can provide a ment... More

June 15, 2016

The Rise of Corporate Alumni Programs

What do LinkedIn, YouTube, Yelp and Tesla have in common [ Tweet This]? These top ranking businesses are examples of innovation and massive financial success formed from an alumni network. All of them were founded by the alumni of a single company: PayPal. The "Paypal Mafia", as the... More

June 06, 2016

Creating Leaders Through Mentoring

Today's global marketplace offers many opportunities for talented leaders. The challenge for organizations is retaining and developing said leaders within their current workforce. In the next five years, the top 500 companies in the world will lose their top executives to retirement,according t... More

June 03, 2016

Mentoring in the Workplace

We all know having a mentor can achieve great things in our lives. Did you know how it can effect the workplace? According to Dr. Tammy Allen, studies show that 75% of the top fortune 500 companies that have a formal mentoring program, 75% of the executives in these companies say mentoring played... More

May 24, 2016

Training Your Mentors

A great mentor is a priceless asset to an organization. They pass valuable skills, knowledge, and insights onto a mentee to aid them in career development. However, they don’t just wake up ready to be a mentor. Before your mentoring program starts, you need to be sure your mentors are ready to in... More

May 20, 2016

Alumni Relations In the Financial Services Sector

The end of an employee’s tenure at a company doesn’t always mean the end of that firm’s relationship with said employee. Alumni programs make it possible to keep a mutually beneficial relationship going on after the cord has been cut. Due to the specific skills needed to thrive in the Financial... More

May 18, 2016

Mentoring Circles - Hi-Impact Collaborative Learning

Technology has changed the way we can connect with individuals within the workplace. We recently defined flash mentoring and how easy it now can be to find an employee to help you with a specific learning need within a couple of minutes through mentoring software. We asked Stephen Grindrod, M... More

May 06, 2016

Launching a Mentoring Program for Financial Professionals

At Insala, we have seen a recent trend of financial service organizations needing a mentoring solution that allows mentoring relationships to be made in different locations and provide the mentee a framework to pursue career development within their organization. We turned to Stephen Grindrod to ... More

May 02, 2016

Differences Between Coaching and Mentoring Can Benefit Your Organization

At Insala, before we assist in setting up a mentoring program for our clients we make sure all stakeholders are clear of the definition of what mentoring really is, through our consulting workshop called “M.O.R.E.”. There can be many misperceptions and it can be sometimes confused with coaching. We ... More

April 26, 2016

Enhancing Career Development Through Mentoring

There is a shift currently happening in our day and age; the shift in the work force. With 4 generations of people in the work force today; there is a very diverse way of approaching tasks. However, we are slowly losing our strong footing; the baby boomers. In 2016, a myriad of baby boomers are at ... More

April 20, 2016

Flash Mentoring: The Global Employee Knowledge Sharing Network

We all know what mentoring is in general, did you know there are different types of mentoring? This includes group mentoring, mentoring circles and now with the growing tech crowd, the trend is moving towards online mentoring software and more instant forms of mentoring; like flash mentoring. ... More

April 15, 2016

Distance Mentoring: Your Global Mentoring Program

We have seen an uptake of global mentoring programs in the last few years since online mentoring software can support these types of programs better than years ago, this means distance mentoring is on the rise. We asked Stephen Grindrod, Managing Director of Career Services, on the best practices ... More

April 08, 2016

What Happens if There is a Bad Mentor Match?

After being matched with a mentor, the mentee has more than likely invested a good amount of time getting to know their mentor and already started to work on their developmental needs. However, sometimes the mentee may feel the match isn’t quite what they’d hoped it would be. What would be the smart... More

April 01, 2016

Once Matched With a Mentor, What's Next?

As a mentoring program administrator, you have probably already invested a lot of time in matching mentors, now how do you keep the relationship alive, and make sure the mentee receives the learning that they need? We interviewed Stephen Grindrod, Managing Director of Career Services an... More

March 14, 2016

7 Best Practices for Matching Mentors and Mentees

Implementing a mentoring program requires a lot of work, but the benefits of mentoring show that the effort is worth it. These benefits may be elusive, however, if you do not properly match your participants for the best outcome. Because of the importance of compatible matches, mentor matching shoul... More

March 07, 2016

7 Steps to Finding Your Perfect Mentor

Clearly define what you would like to get out of the mentoring partnership, both developmentally, and personally. Whether it be baby steps up the corporate ladder; specific skill training, or just an overall improvement on the way you work, find your reason in your mentoring partnership. What is you... More

March 02, 2016

How Millennials Fit into a Diverse Workplace

Diversity and Inclusion are more than just hashtags and buzzwords; millennials believe they are essential to being successful. The workplace is becoming more diverse; and finding a way to manage the different generations is a growing concern for organizations. Millennials (those born between 1984 an... More

February 15, 2016

Companies Who Have Successful Diversity Programs

Diversity is one of the core growth principals of successful organizations with the concept of ROI-Based Diversity following a simple proposition: the more audiences you market your services or products to, the more opportunities you create to generate revenue. Accordingly, the more diverse potentia... More

February 03, 2016

5 Tips for Planning a Mentoring Program for Diversity

In today’s organizations, managers must respond to the needs of increasingly diverse employees. Many organizations have instituted diversity training programs to help understand and utilize the unique contributions of all employees by creating an inclusive work environment. However, minority employe... More

January 13, 2016

Top 10 Tips For Being a Good Mentee

When dealing with a mentorship, there are a few things that need to be taken into consideration. A good mentor is constantly aware of and improving their skills, so you must learn to continuously progress as a mentee. If you and your mentor fit together symbiotically, the mentorship will blossom int... More

January 08, 2016

Why Become a Mentor

Individuals who volunteer to be mentors often do so for the intrinsic value they receive from carrying out this role; for the purpose of giving to another colleague. For people who are younger or less experienced, mentors who share their knowledge and experiences with mentees can change the world fo... More

January 04, 2016

Recruiting Mentors for your Mentoring Program

The major challenges and misconceptions in recruiting mentors The greatest challenge in recruiting and retaining mentors is largely due to a lack of understanding about what the role of mentor requires. This is normally based on two most likely misconceptions. The first regards the amount and leng... More

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